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 The Traditional Dhow

Since time immemorial, Oman has been a seafaring nation. In fact, as far back as the 8th century, an Omani vessel reached Canton in China.
The traditional dhew, also popularly known as Al Boum, Al Ghanjah, Shu'i, Al Badan, etc. which were used in trading, weathered stormed to reach ports in Iran, India, South-East Asia and further down the African coast in Zanzibar.
Even today, the tradional dhew dots Oman's coasline, along with Fulk Esalamah, Zenat Al Behar and Sohar.

Al Ghanjah

Easily distinguishable by its typical stem-head with trefoil crest, Al Ghanjah was formerly used in trading. having a capacity of 130 to 300 tons, this boat used to be built in Sur.

Al Boum

Easily distinguishable by its high, straight stem-post set at 45�, its load is varied  between 74 and 400 tons. Al Boum is used for transporting passengers  and goods.

The Shashah

The Shashah is a small, primitive fishing craft (made of date palm sticks bound   together with coir). it is usually about 10 feet long and can accommodate one or two persons. it is mainly used for fishing on the Batinah coas.

The Baggarah

Generally 25 to 35 feet in length, a number of them can be found on the Batinah coast, especially at Mjis and southwards from it.

Al Badan

One of Oman's most popular boats, Al Badan is used for fishing and coastal      cargo-carrying throughout the country. It has a load capacity of 20 to 100 tons and is one of Oman's older boats.


In November 1980, the dhew 'Sohar', a replica of the medieval 10th century ships, sailed from Muscat to Canton in China. Navigating without the use of modern aids, it reached its destination a year later in November 1981.

The Huri

A small dug-out canoe, the Huri is normally between 10 and 20 feet in length.   it is generally used for fishing and short-haul transport. it is the most common small boat in Omani waters.

Al Sambuq

One of Oman's and the Arab world's most common sailing vessels, Al Sambuq   has a load capacity as varied as 20 to 150 tons. In the past, Al Sambuq was used for diving to collect pearls but now it is used for carrying cargo and transporting passengers. it can be found in the Saham and Sur regions.

The Abubuz

A plain, functional cargo vessel, the Abubuz is similar in size to the Sambuq. The Abubuz is a boat of recent origin derived from continuing Omani efforts to   incorporate features of European sailing ships.

The Shu'i

A general purpose coastal boat, the Shu'i is currently being built at Sur. One of  the smaller-size boats of Oman, it is built low with a high quarter deck.

SNV Shabab Oman

One of the largest wooden-hulled ships in the world, SNV Shabab Oman entered service in the Royal Navy of Oman in 1979 for use as a Sail Training Vessel. It has an overall length of 177 feet, a beam of 28 feet and a maximum draft of 15 feet.

Sewn Al Sambuq

A boat of great antiquity, the sewn Al Sambuq is one of the most interesting boat types in Oman. Beautifully crafted to precision, it is found along the Dhofari coast.

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